30 Days Wild returns to Dorset – make yourself happy!
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is asking the people of Dorset to take part in the Wildlife Trusts ‘30 Days Wild’ initiative, where everyone, everywhere is encouraged to do something wild each day for the 30 days in June, and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits resulting from spending more time outside with nature.
By carrying out ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ DWT is encouraging local people to do a different activity every day, whether it’s going for a walk next to a river, eating outside, meditating in a meadow or spending some time in your garden after work. 30 Days Wild is returning for the third year, with 30,000 people taking part in 2016.
The 30 Days Wild pack, with a wall chart, goodies and inspiration is FREE and your pledge to be wild for 30 days doesn’t have to take up too much time – whether it’s for a few minutes or hours a day, a dose of nature, even in bite-size chunks, is still good for you.
The impact of taking part in 30 Days Wild has been tracked by academics at the University of Derby. Their study found that people who did something ‘wild’ each day for a month, felt happier, healthier and more connected to nature. All sorts of activities proved to have positive effects on their participants, from feeding garden birds to walking on the beach or in a meadow.
DWT Communications Officer, Sally Welbourn, said, “We all know that by spending some time outside, perhaps after a stressful day at work or a busy day with our families, can make us feel better. So, why not record what you’re doing and make a commitment to doing it every day for a month? 30 Days Wild is suitable for anyone, of any age, any fitness level and any level of interest in wildlife – it’s completely free and it could make you feel happier and healthier.”
Apply for a FREE 30 Days Wild pack here:
www.mywildlife.org.uk/30dayswild/ and download the phone app on itunes or google play. You’ll receive a packet of UK native wildflower seeds, activity sheets, a wall chart to record your activities, stickers and a poster. Schools will receive a large deck of ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ cards with inspiring ideas. You can also check out the DWT events programme at www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/events to get involved.
After you’ve signed up, stay in touch and share the fun of 30 Days Wild on Twitter and Facebook using #30dayswild @dorsetwildlife or facebook.com/dorsetwildlife.